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By Debra E. Blum - Chronicle of Philanthropy - April 7, 2013
By Kiff Gallagher - Politico - April 7, 2013
By Spencer Michels - PBS News Hour - February 27, 2012
By John Yang - NBC News - March 8, 2010
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All Things Considered: MusicianCorps Strikes Right Tone By Elizabeth Blair - NPR - December 8, 2008
Music Combines with Service for Perfect Harmony
By Jan Sluizer - Voice of America - November 18, 2013
Americans have been volunteering worldwide through the Peace Corps for more than 50 years. AmeriCorps, a domestic community development program, began 20 years ago. More recently, deciding music and public service are natural partners Read more...
Music Soothes the Sick, Comforts the Bedridden
By Justin Berton - SF Chronicle - November 6, 2009
In the history of meltdowns by 4-year-old boys suffering a sugar jones, Josh Muilenburg was poised to break world records in time dedicated, force deployed and decibel levels achieved. Long tubes from a dialysis machine snaked underneath the boy's shirt and Read more...
Music Education Initiative has Big Impact in New Orleans Schools
By Lolis E. Elie - NOLA Times Picayune - September 25, 2009
The leaders of Langston Hughes Academy Charter School weren't intentionally conducting an experiment on the importance of music education. But they may have done so unwittingly. Two years ago, the Gentilly school had neither music teachers nor instruments. Read more...
MusicianCorps: Teaching Kids to Change Their Tunes
By Jenny Inglee - TakePart.com - March 23, 2011
When budget cuts strike schools, typically art and music programs are the first to go. Entrepreneur Kiff Gallagher had an inkling he could do something to help. Read more...
Music Therapy Helping Young Patients with Discomfort
By Carolyn Johnson - KGO-TV San Francisco ABC 7 - March 29, 2011
An innovative program at UCSF is using music to help treat some of the medical center's youngest patients. And the program could soon be spreading to other hospitals as well. Read more...
Students Around the Bay Honor Dr. King
By Lyanne Melendez - KGO-TV San Francisco ABC 7 - January 17, 2011
Millions of Americans honored Dr. Martin Luther King's memory as community leaders around the nation were asked to renew their commitment to helping others. Read more...
Building and Tinkering to Meet Students' Individual Needs
By Katie Ash - Education Week - December 4, 2012
Creating programs to encourage students to build and tinker in ways that meet their individual learning needs was high on the priority list of the speakers for the Tuesday morning presentations here at the second day of the Big Ideas Fest. Read more...
A New Look at Music Therapy
By Spencer Michels - PBS News Hour - February 27, 2012
The interesting thing about music therapy is that nobody I could find understands how it works on the brain -- just that it does. The subject is newsworthy right now because former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was badly injured in a Tucson, Ariz., shooting a year ago, apparently recovered her speech though music. Read more...
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Marches, service honor legacy
SF Chronicle - January 17, 2012
Volunteers gather in a circle before starting their day of work Monday to celebrate the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. at John O'Connell High School on Folsom Street in San Francisco. The volunteers, including musicians, students and artists, paid honor to King - who would have turned 83 on Sunday - with a day of service. Read more...
Greatness at John O’Connell Thanks to MLK
By Kate Elston - Mission Loc@l - January 17, 2012
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, more than 200 Bay Area students, community members and a number of Google employees (50 of them) volunteered at John O’Connell High School. The event was hosted by the Center for Music National Service, a music education nonprofit, in partnership with John O’Connell High School. Read more...
MLK Remembrance Ceremony
KQED Radio - January 16, 2012
California's National Guard band serenaded 150 volunteers at John O'Connell High School in San Francisco today. In honor of Martin Luther King Junior, community members spruced up the school by painting and making furniture, while sharing their musical talents. Listen here...
Celebrating Martin Luther King Day by giving back
The Official Google Blog - January 16, 2012
The Black Googler Network (BGN), an employee resource group made up of volunteers, spearheaded this effort to set up service projects in multiple offices. In the California Bay Area today, we joined The Center for Music National Service in the MLK Day of Service & Song in various projects to beautify John O’Connell High School in San Francisco’s Mission district. Read more...
MusicianCorps Friend Raiser
By Sarah Adler - SF Chronicle - January 15, 2012
On a cool winter evening in early December, Alexandra and Spencer Wells opened up their Pacific Heights home to host the first "Friend Raiser" for the Center for Music National Service, whose flagship program, MusicianCorps, places musicians in under-served communities throughout the Bay Area Read more...
Musician Founder to Speak at Clinton School
By ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE - April 27, 2011
LITTLE ROCK — Singer-songwriter Kiff Gallagher will speak at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on Friday. Gallagher is the founder of the Center for Music National Service, which promotes music as a public-service strategy. Read more...
César Chávez Remembered
BY Janis Lewin - Mission Loc@l - April 1, 2011
At the annual César Chávez Holiday (birthday) Breakfast, held yesterday at the Mission Language and Vocational School, several speakers discussed Chávez and his legacy. Read more...
How to Make a Career in Public Service
By Courtney Rubin - US News and World Report - October 28, 2010
As a college senior graduating 15 years ago, Amy Potthast wanted to find work she could love, but was clueless about public service jobs. "I didn't realize I could make a career out of being a good citizen," she says. "I didn't think my career services office would take me Read more...
GQ Recognizes SF Man's Effort to Change World
By Kamala Kelkar - SF Examiner Staff Writer - August 17, 2010
San Francisco resident Kiff Gallagher is one of five finalists in GQ’s 2010 Better Men Better World Search for men who dedicate their time and energy to improving society. He founded Music National Service, a nonprofit committed to empowering youths in Read more...
The Sound of Service: It's Time to Bring MusicianCorps to LA
By Jonathan Greenblatt - The Huffington Post - July 9, 2010
I attended a briefing this past week that still has me glowing with inspiration. It was a reminder of the miraculous potential of service and the raw power of music. Both can stir the imagination. Both can change lives. Read more...
MusicianCorps Shares Talent
By Brittany Taylor - Daily Bruin - July 25, 2010
Imagine the Peace Corps with a touch of soul and lots of instruments and you get something like MusicianCorps, part of the nonprofit Music National Service that trains and sends musicians into communities to spread the love of music. Read more...
Keeping Music Education Alive
KQED Radio - March 26, 2010
Music education is a vanishing species in many public schools, a victim of budget cuts and tougher national academic standards. But a few schools around the country got some help this academic year from a new domestic peace corps called MusicianCorps. Read more...
Art Beat Chicago features MusicianCorps Fellow Alum Vernon Lloyd
Chicago Tonight - January 2010
The Music Class
By Justin Vogt - GOOD Magazine - December 7, 2009
With school funding slashed from coast to coast, a new program is aiming to do for music education what the Peace Corps did for international service. We visited New Orleans to see how the experiment is going. Read more...
Musician and Artist Service Corps Amended into House Legislation
The New Service - March 18, 2009
The Music National Service Initiative, which is in its start-up phase, got the backing of legislators today through an amendment to the national service legislation that passed on the floor of the House. Read more...
MusicianCorps Gets Musicians Out into the World
By Katie Worth - SF Examiner - January 1, 2009
Kiff Gallagher the founder of the nonprofit Music National Service, recently helped launch MusicianCorps, a pilot program that provides musicians stipends to play in schools and hospitals and do other service work. The program is based in The City, but has Read more...
The Long, Hot Summer of Service: Community Artists on The Job
By Arlene Goldbard - Community Arts Network - July 2009
And the word for this summer is … service! New national service initiatives are making headlines, generating new hopes for community arts jobs. Read on to learn what’s happening right now and to explore what could happen in the lead-up to 2010, the 75th Read more...
Music as Service
The North Texan - November 17, 2009
World music specialist, writer, teacher and vocalist Carla Moreno (’97, ’01 M.M.Ed.) moved to Seattle to explore her musical options and found far more than she expected. Moreno was selected as a fellow in the newly launched MusicianCorps, a domestic Read more...
Music National Service Pilot Project Begins in NOLA
By Paul Maassen - 88.9 WWNO - September 24, 2009
Music National Service (MNS) is a new social enterprise that supports and expands the use of music to meet important civic and social goals. A pilot project has begun in New Orleans and WWNO's Paul Maassen spoke with Founder/CEO Kiff Gallagher and Sonja Read more...
Checkout Interview: MusicianCorps
By Josh Jackson - WBGO - August 17, 2009
WBGO’s Josh Jackson talks with Kiff Gallagher founder and CEO of the Music National Service Initiative. Hear from Sonya Robinson, head of the New Orleans team, and bassist David Pulphus, a jazz musician and fellow for the Music National Service Read more...
Statesman or Showman? Huckabee's Hip Second Act
By Amy Argetsinger & Roxanne Roberts - Washington Post - September 11, 2008
Mike Huckabee -- why doesn't this man have his own TV show yet? Oh, and not just another news-talk show like the one Fox is considering for him. This man needs a variety show. He plays guitar! He's a monologuist! A stand-up comedian! For years, entertainers Read more...
Governor Mike Huckabee: How Music Education Can Build a Better America
Center for American Progress - September 10, 2008
"Ask a CEO what they are looking for in an employee and they say they need people who understand teamwork, people who are disciplined, people who understand the big picture. You know what they need? They need musicians." - Former Arkansas Governor Mike Read more...
Singing the Praises of Music Education
Center for American Progress - September 11, 2008
Most Americans know about weapons of mass destruction. Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, wants all Americans to become familiar with weapons of mass instruction. Read more...
Innovation Strategy: Music Service Corps
By Kiff Gallagher - Huffington Post - July 21, 2008
Everyone agrees that solving today's complex global challenges will require new ways of thinking and working. A majority of Fortune 500 companies tell us that, even more than reading and math, American students need to be learning the core skills of innovation to Read more...